No Time For Sergeants chronicles the comedic misadventures of a country bumpkin named Will Stockdale, brilliantly protrayed by Andy Griffith, who is drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II and assigned to the United States Army Air Forces. Andy Griffith went on to play the same character in the Broadway version and in a movie of the same name, which he became famous for and made him a star.
No Time For Sergeants
The U.S. Steel Hour March 15th, 1955
Starring: Will Stockdale......Andy Griffith Sgt. King...........Harry Clark Major...............Robert Emhardt Ben Whitledge.......Eddie Le Roy Captain.............Alexander Clark Irvin...............Arthur Storch Lucky...............Bob Hastings Colonel.............G. Albert Smith Infantry Sg.t.......Joe Brown, Jr. WAF Captain.........Adnia Rice Pfc.................Thomas Volk Soldier.............George Kilroy
Based on the novel by Mac Hyman, copyright 1954
Written for television by Ira Levin Produced by The Theatre Guild
Directed by Alex Segal
Editor..................S. Mark Smith Story Department........Dorothy Hechtlinger Design..................E. Albert Heschong Art Director............James McNaughton Costume Designer........Gene Coffin Audio...................William Blumel Video Engineer..........Rolf Drucker Lighting................Imero Fiorentino Composer-Conductor......Glenn Osser Technical Director......George Weber Associate Producer......John Haggott Suggested by............Armina Marshall
So many Public Domain opinions, and not a single one of them actually matter!
Although there were copyright laws, EVEN BACK IN THE 1950's AND LONG BEFORE THAT, content was not as scrutinized & protected as it is in todays standards. Copyrights were often lapsed or not applied usually because of the great financial cost of copyright protection & renewal fees.
Unlike yesteryears, the copyright fees are pretty much a standard & automatically included into the final cost of a project.
Now, at some point the copyright that was applied to this show lapsed, and the owners were unaware of it's expiration. Therefore, after a certain amount of time, projects such as this were automatically placed into the public domain forum, and ultimately remain in public domain due, once again, to the great financial cost it would require to reclaim a copyright. Because, it would also require the content to be edited in some form or another, in order to consider it a new version, which would now be covered by copyright protection, while the previous version would continue lingering in public domain.
Therefore, if this is the original version with an expired copyright protection, AND has not been edited from it's original form, the debate of copyright/public domain is a moot point. It simply doesn't matter.
Now, just enjoy the show for what it is. The original television broadcast of what would be made into a major motion picture just 3 years later, STILL STARING Andy Griffin, WHICH IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED!
November 2, 2010 Subject:
"I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson is copyrighted, but "The Last Man on Earth" is PD. Why? Only the Mystic Lawyers of Mordor know for sure, but in the old days a novelist might sell out ALL film rights for a book to a certain film maker, and if the film went PD, had no way to enforce his or her copyright. Matheson's book was credited for "The Omega Man" and the puerile "I Am Legend" flicks, so he evidently learned his lesson. Could be Mac Hyman made a similar mistake here.
June 8, 2010 Subject:
Well, thank goodness "the book" or the musical score wasn't uploaded here. Surely that's not how the Copyright system was supposed to work? You just make sure one thing is copyrighted and stays copyrighted and everything else derived from it is always "magically" protected? How come they were allowed to create the television series "Gmer Pyle USMC?" Surely the fact that it was heavily derived from "No Time For Sergeants" didn't go unrecognized by the Copyright Office back in 1964? Didn't they care about the copyright infringement? The whole matter confuses me greatly.
June 8, 2010 Subject:
Here's what worries me about this site. Titles like this get posted and listed as Public Domain. Granted, the "film" itself may have become PD because the copyright wasn't renewed, BUT, the content on which it is based, "the book" and the musical score, are all still under US Copyright. PLEASE scan these listings more thoroughly to this great site doesn't get shut down for copyright infringement.
October 19, 2008 Subject:
Nope... The star of that show was Ken Berry. You're thinking "the Andy Griffith Show".
May 14, 2008 Subject:
A fine prelude to Broadway
Well thank heavens for the days of live TV when a playwright like Ira Levin could tryout an hour adaptation of a novel on a show like The Theatre Guild on The Air and have it picked up for full stage production like this one was. While only stand-up comedian ("What It Was Was Football") Andy Griffith repeated his role (in 1955 to a Tony nomination in 1956) on stage and later (1958) film, it kick-started the career that went on famously to Mayberry, R.F.D., Matlock & others, Peter Larkin's Tony Award winning sets were clearly inspired by the design and art direction by E. Albert Heschong and James McNaughton here. The original TV production has all the sharpness and sparkle of the stage production (and most of the incidents). Well worth a look if you want more than just the usual mindless 50's comedy fare that was scared to death of content that might offend either "Mrs. Grundy" or H.U.A.C.. A country only a decade from WWII and less from Korea recognized "Will Stockdale" and reveled in his innocence the way they did in the different perspective of Phil Silvers' deliciously conniving Sgt. Bilko (that knocked "Uncle Miltie" off the air in the ratings wars).
April 21, 2008 Subject:
Standard TV fare for the 50s
There needs to be a rating scale defined,
Andy came a long way from this to the "Andy Griffin Show" it has its humorous moments but a steady diet of this would be dangerous to ones mental health.